The 65th Miss Universe pre-arrival hot picks

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Hours from now, the first Miss Universe contestant, save from the host delegate, will land in Manila to compete in the 65th edition of the pageant. For the second time, Miss Universe technically skipped a year. The first one was in 2014 when the 63rd edition was actually held in January 25, 2015. Such “skipping” raises a question about the sustainability of the pageant but make no mistake in thinking that Miss Universe is in decline. In those two instances, Miss Universe was actually funded by the local hosts – by the City of Doral in 2014 and by a consortium of private companies for its “2016 edition”.

Truly, Miss Universe is still a hot item so to speak and with the Philippines as the host nation, things will simply turn out fabulous as evidenced by the wonderful outcome of Miss Universe 1974 and Miss Universe 1994. Surely, the contestants will have all the fun in the world as they compete in a pageant crazy nation.

The host delegate Maxine Medina is trained to show her country’s best foot forward. When 2016 concluded, there is a collective feeling in the Philippines that they were wronged. So now, the “collective feeling” is that they need to prove that they are indeed a superpower nation in world of pageantry.

Back-to-back? Will the Philippines’ Maxine Medina win the Miss Universe crown in her home soil?

A back-to-back win will put the Philippines in the same footing as Venezuela and there is a huge effort being undertaken right now to make sure that it will happen. It is nothing sinister like having host friendly judges in the panel of jury (like putting their national director as a judge for example). Rather such efforts are poured into Maxine through relentless training and conditioning. Latest photos and videos show a confident Maxine Medina with vavavoom body ready to unleash the fierce beauty queen within to take on the toughest competitor.

READ: Maxine Medina – A back-to-back is very possible at Miss Universe 2016

Having the same perspective as the Philippines, Colombia, a country that has all the rights in the world to claim that they were wronged in 2015, have doubled, nay, tripled their efforts to secure the crown. Andrea Tovar – classy, elegant, confident – is completely the right delegate for the task. She is ready to put Colombia to where it belongs which is on the top.

Sure, there was bad blood between the Philippines and Colombia post 2015 pageant. But things right now echo the antebellum years where the Philippines has nothing but respect and admiration to Colombian beauty queens. Remember in 1974, Colombia was just 3 ranks away from winning and in 1994, they almost triumphed. Andrea will thrive in the Philippines and that could serve as a springboard towards victory.

Miss Brazil Raissa Santana
Miss Brazil Raissa Santana

Brazil is a county to watch. When Raissa Santana was crowned as Miss Brasil, the whole pageantry community went gaga over this black Barbie. Miss Universe is a huge deal in Brazil where the quest for their third crown is a relentless annual pursuit. Keep an eye on Raissa. She could truly be Brazil’s third Miss Universe titleholder!

If everyone was awed when Raissa was crowned Miss Brasil, Mariam Habach’s victory at Miss Venezuela meanwhile left everyone scratching their heads. Some claim it will be the end of Venezuela’s golden era and like its economy, the country’s beauty pageant infrastructure is believed to be in tatters.

But Osmel Sousa, Venezuela’s legendary queen maker, is not taking things as it is. Mariam Habach was transformed into a goddess and she will show off her wares in Manila. As what it was in 1994, Venezuela will once again command the respect and admiration of everyone during the Miss Universe competition.

Thailand’s Chalita Suansane has been the darling of the press recently. She is a strong candidate and hopes are high that Thailand will be victorious this time around. The country has the momentum and there is a solid machinery that can back her up starting from equally pageant crazy fans to a well-funded and highly popular national organization.

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In many cases large and traditionally strong nations dominate the list of who’s who but coming from a small island does not deter Miss Barbados Shannon Harris from joining the big leagues. Her beauty has a universal appeal and we hope that her chances rests upon her inherent strength and not on the sash weight.

Another strong delegate is Caris Tiivel of Australia. This large nation last won in 2004 and Caris is like a jolt of million megawatts that gave life to the erstwhile sagging campaign of Australia. It is also a nation that seeks its third crown with a well-funded pageantry machinery. Caris is no doubt well prepped for the competition and her sash commands a great attention.

Miss USA Deshauna Barber
Miss USA Deshauna Barber

Miss USA Deshauna Barber is a candidate worthy of our attention. Don’t let her photos fool you. She is a drop dead gorgeous contestant up close and there is a feeling that it is the year of United States this time around. She’s very smart, very poised, with a very good rapport among fellow candidates and to the general public.

After the Top 5 finish of Flora last year, France is putting a laser-like focus at Miss Universe. The country has been playing switcheroo with its first runner-up and winners for a while and this time, there is a steady pattern that the real winner of Miss France has to compete at Miss Universe. Iris Mittenaere, is the winner of Miss France and she is specially reserved at Miss Universe. If this is not an indication that France is dead serious in winning, then we don’t know what is this.

Another country hunting for its third Miss Universe title is Mexico. The behemoth nation with passionate pageant followers is deploying a candidate who is familiar with the battle terrain. Kristal Silva is Mexico’s best hope to end the pageant year with a bang. She has been to the Philippines before competing in another major international pageant. She knows the people and the host nation well and she has left an indelible positive impression back in 2013.

READ: Beauty Talks with 65th Miss Universe candidates

But everyone knows that the 2016 pageant season has been a very unpredictable year. It’s a year full of surprises. Thus, let’s not fool ourselves by believing that we are clairvoyant. In fact, any of these five wonderful women can pull a surprise and win it all: Miss Netherlands Zoey Ivory, Miss Puerto Rico Brenda Jiménez, Miss Indonesia Kezia Warouw, Miss Canada Siera Bearchell and Miss Ukraine Alena Spodynyuk. This is anybody’s game folks and that’s what makes the 65th Miss Universe exciting! Missosology.Org

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  1. Finally these is what I always want to read from Misso, choosing the right candidate on the very top with of course an acceptable reason why they picked the right girl to be there. Indeed we cant deny that Maxine could be the right girl and she did her homework and not just seating in her couch to steal that most coveted crown because millions of crazy pageant fans from the philippines has a high expectations from her to duplicate Venezuelaś back to back victory.On my 2nd position is France , its high time for France to get that crown as well, and of course Australia. France was top 5 finisher in last yearś edition and Australia, I will not be if surprise if these two girls will be there again with their strong contender these year. Pageant fans are always choosing Ms Brazil in higher placement, well i know its always nice to have another girl in color but I would rather choose Colombia or USA instead of her.

  2. TOP 3:
    MEXICO
    BRAZIL
    COLOMBIA

    TOP 5:
    PHILIPPINES
    FRANCE

    TOP 10:
    BARBADOS
    VENEZUELA
    AUSTRALIA
    THAILAND
    USA

    TOP 15:
    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
    CANADA
    ARGENTINA
    INDONESIA
    UKRAINE

  3. miss philippines winner? what a fiasco!
    always the same candidates! common change! theres a lot of good contestants from around the globe like miss peru miss nicaragua #missuniverse

    • What do u expect? This write up was written and published by pinoy. After all misoso is a pinoy-based website. Everything is about pinoy
      The rest are just ‘fillers’ for the website. so expect lots of self-praise by the writer on pinoy contestant..

      • whats wrong with you?even if they keep putting miss ph always on top,that was really none of your business.Why do you so feelin bitter ?miss U is not yet started and no one has been crown that was a just predictions. And you take it seriousely just calm down guys…

      • When it was time for the Miss Universe Hot Picks did they put Pia Wurtzbach on top? No, but who won that edition? They did not put Kylie Verzosa as the winner in their final hot picks for Miss International 2016 but who won? You’re saying that because you just hate polarizing beauty such as theirs, all you want is common beauty whom you can actually see in the train station almost every day. Admit it, the jealously that’s running is running in your veins should get treated. HATER.

      • WOW CRAB MENTALITY ETONG SI GRACE LAMPONGAN EWWWW KAYA DI UMAASENSO ANG PILIPINAS EH DAHIL SA TAONG KATULAD NITONG GRACE ANGAS LAMPONGAN

    • YOU WILL SEE JUST WAIT AND SEE IT WILL BE BACK TO BACK AGAIN HURRAH FOR MISS PHILIPPINES UNIVERSE! MAXINE MEDINA , SHE IS A MODEL AND HAS GOOD MORAL CHARACTER CAME FROM A DECENT FAMILY HERE IN PHILIPPINES NO WONDER SHE HAS CLASS AND ELEGANT. IT WILL BE MISS PHILIPPINES AGAIN JUST WAIT AND SEE HEHEHE

  4. TOP 5 : FRANCE BRAZIL COLOMBIA PHILIPPINES NETHERLANDS
    TOP 10 : BARBADOS PERU MEXICO CURACAO VENEZUELA
    TOP 15 : TURKEY UKRAINE PANAMA THAILAND SLOVAK REPUBLIC
    TOP 20 : KOSOVO CANADA ECUADOR US VIRGIN ISLANDS BELGIUM

  5. Colombia, Brazil, Thailand, Barbados, Australia, USA, Netherlands, Indonesia, Canada, Peru, Nicaragua, Belgium, Korea, Norway and many other girls are there who deserve to win. Philippines looks like a lizard in a dress her eyes and lips are ugly. Venezuela looks so huge and manly like a transgender and mexico, France and Ukraine look like two old married 40+ ladies who r divorced and competing in a pageant.

      • You r a Filipino shithead fanatic just shut up and let people decide their own choice. Maxine is the ugliest contestant among all she is just getting a place bcoz its held I Philippines otherwise who would give a shit for such a cheap shit like this one

        • ANOTHER COLOMBIAN SHIT BRAIN HIGH ON DRUGS!! COLOMBIA WILL NOT WIN I TELL YOU! HAHAHA! YOUR PREDICTION SUCKS! COLOMBIA IS A WINNER IN TERMS OF THE MOST DELUSIONAL AND DRUG INFESTED HAVEN ON EARTH! AND ITS A FACT! HAHAHA! BYE!

  6. Although Maxine is a top contender, I don’t see her as “the one to beat”, this year there are a lot of delegates that can take that crown home and in my opinion, there is not a clear winner yet. We will see when all of them get to Manila who goes up and who goes down. In general it is a good hot picks. I do want to see a hot picks with Miss Croatia getting a spot, that girl is gorgeous!

  7. I DONT LIKE THE BEAUTY OF MISS BRAZIL , I LIKE THE BEAUTY OF MISS PHILIPPINES SHE IS VERY CLASSY AND ELEGANT AND BEAUTY MISS BRAZIL SHE LOOKS OLD AND SHE LOOKS NOT CLASSY…

    • No offense, really??! I wonder what YOU look and seem like!! Besides, your assertion is even truer to contestants you have left out, such as Mexico and your home-country doll from the Philippines. If only some of you Filipino pageant freaks knew how pathetic you sound at times!!!!

  8. Winner: Netherlands 2. Brazil 3. Ukraine 4. Colombia 5. Philippines
    Top 10: Thailand; Australia; Venezuela; France; Malaysia
    Top 15: Peru; China; Puerto Rico; USA; Panama

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